The Door of Mercy is a special Holy Door which Pope Francis has asked to be opened in every Diocese during the Extraordinary Holy Year in order to allow the faithful in every part of the world to experience the Mercy of the Father in its fullness. In the Bull of Indiction Misericordiae Vultus, he writes: “On the same Sunday [Third Sunday of Advent], I decree that in every local church, at the cathedral – the mother church of the faithful in any particular area–or, alternatively, at the co-cathedral or another church of special significance, a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year.
In the Diocese of Burlington, the Holy Door of Mercy is located at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Burlington. Those who choose to pilgrimage through this Holy Door any time throughout the year, will have an opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence special to this Jubilee of Mercy. Once one has crossed through its threshold, or has fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father” – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite one of the lovely prayers by Bishop Christopher Coyne and Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”). Learn more about indulgences here.
Please enjoy the opening ceremony for the Holy Door and the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Burlington, which took place on December 13th, 2015. Check the Jubilee of Mercy Schedule for particular Jubilees occurring throughout this Holy Year, where you yourself may come and experience God's gift of Mercy!